LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — The Lake Placid Horse Show concluded on July 1 with many local riders claiming top honors.
Babington Wins $75,000 Prevost Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix
Irish Olympic veteran Kevin Babington, who operates out of Gwynedd Valley, Pa., rode Mark Q to victory in the $75,000 Prevost Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix on closing day.
Only three of the 41 entries qualified for the tiebreaking jump-off by riding without penalty over the 13-jump, 16-effort first-round course designed by Olaf Petersen. After the first 26 entries failed to go clean, the youngest rider in the class, 18-year-old McKayla Langmeier of East Granby, Conn., turned in the first clean round on Iliano Van D'Abelendreef. She was soon joined in the jump-off by Babington and 2011 Pan American Games double Gold Medalist Christine McCrea of East Windsor, Conn. who was clean on Nektarina B.
Langmeier blazed over the 8-jump, jump-off course on her 10-year-old, Belgian Warmblood, finishing in 35.676 seconds, but a rail down at the final fence cost her four faults.
Babington then took the lead with a clean ride in 35.693 seconds on Mark Q, his 16-year-old Irish Sport Horse (ISH) who won Lake Placid's I Love New York Grand Prix in 2013. McCrea matched Babington's clean round on her 13-year-old, Holsteiner mare but her time of 37.019 left her in second place, giving Babington his second win in three years after having won the class in 2016 on Shorapur.
"I thought the course designer did a good job," Babington said. "The faults were spread out all over the course so there wasn't any one spot tripping people up, although the double caught a lot of horses. Anytime you have an airy vertical to an oxer, it's hard enough but then adding gray to it with a left drift, well there was a lot going on there.
"Mark Q really likes it here in Lake Placid which also holds a special place in my heart. This is the first horse show I ever came to when I first came to this country back in 1988 and my family and I love it here. We wouldn't miss it for anything."
Prior to the Grand Prix, a special ceremony was held honoring the memory of longtime Lake Placid Horse Show chairman, Richard M. Feldman, who passed away this past winter.
The horse show also paid tribute to its longtime announcer, Peter Doubleday, giving him its first Outstanding Friend or Official Award.
Grand Hunter Championship Is A Tie
LaFitte De Muze and Flower Dance both swept all five classes in their respective divisions to tie for the Grand Hunter Championship which was awarded on June 28.
With rain forcing cancellation of jumper classes in the all-grass Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix Field, competition continued without a hitch in the E.R. Mische Jumper Ring, the Main Hunter Ring and the Kovacs-Williams Hunter Ring, all of which feature state-of-the-art all-weather footing.
In the Green Hunter 3'6" & 3'9" division LaFitte De Muze, owned by Cheryl Olsten of New Hope, Pa., and shown by Amanda Steege, completed a sweep of all five classes in the division to earn the maximum 50 points. This put LaFitte De Muze in a tie with Flower Dance, owned by Maria Partlow of Louisville, Ky., and shown by Christopher Payne, who completed its sweep of all five classes in the Green Hunter 3' division a day earlier.
Ryan Wins NBC 5 1.40m Jumper Class
Devin Ryan, of Long Valley, N.J. rode Florida to victory in the $5,000 NBC 5 1.40m Jumper Class, opening day’s feature competition.
Ryan, winner of last year's $100,000 Great American Insurance Group Grand Prix at Lake Placid and second place finisher in this year's FEI WorldCup Finals, was fifth out of a field of 44 horses to try the 13-jump, one-round course designed by Olaf Petersen, Jr. of Germany. He set a tough mark to beat with a clean ride in 53.767 seconds. None of the remaining competitors could come close to his time until Laura Chapot, the second-to-last rider of the day, rode clean and fast on Out of Ireland. However, her time of 56.542 seconds left her short of Ryan's time although it did prove good enough for second place.
Earlier in the day, Stella Manship rode Liismeen Ludam and Cormac Hanley rode Copain Z to victory in the two sections of the $1,200 Lake Placid Lodge 1.30m Jumper Class.
Hanley rides for Heathman Farm in New Hope, Pa. According to the farm’s website, Cormac came to the US from Ireland, where his entire family is involved in show jumping. He has ridden in several world games and European Championships for Ireland.
Two days later Hanley rode Captain Caruso to victory in the $1,500 Pepsi Beverages Co. 1.35m Jumper Class with Laura Chapot placing second on Umberto. Chapot then took three of the top four places in the $5,000 Dartbrook Rustic Goods 1.40m Jumper Class, winning the class on Zealous while also placing second on Shooting Star and fourth on Out of Ireland. Hanley placed third on Copain Z.
Chapot Wins $20,000 CMJ Sporthorse 1.40m Open Stake
Laura Chapot rode Zealous to victory in the $20,000 CMJ Sporthorse 1.40m Open Stake, on June 30.
Nine of 46 starters managed double clear rounds over the first-round and jump-off courses designed by Olaf Petersen, Jr. Of those, Chapot and Zealous had the fastest jump-off round, finishing in 30.609 seconds to emerge victorious in 1.40m competition for the second straight day.
Second place went to Jonathan Corrigan and Javas Keltic Mist with a time of 31.248, followed by Devin Ryan and Florida with a time of 32.758 and Christine McCrea and Dali De Vy who finished in 33.088.
Competition on June 30 also featured three Classics in the all-grass Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix Field. Brianne Link of Sayville, N.Y. rode to the win in the $7,500 Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic on Wednesday Mornin, topping a field of 56 entries.
Torano Wins $30,000 Voltaire Design Jumper Classic
Jimmy Torano rode Glasgow De Muze to victory in the $30,000 Voltaire Design Jumper Classic on June 29.
Only five of 52 entries qualified for the tie breaking jump-off by riding without penalty over the 13-jump, 16-effort first-round course designed by Olaf Petersen, Jr. Torano was first to return for the 8-jump tiebreaker course and he set the mark to beat with a clean ride in 41.268 seconds.
After the next three entries failed to match his clean ride, it came down to 10-time Olympic veteran Ian Millar of Canada and his mount, Truman. "Captain Canada," as the show jumping legend is known, had a rail down for a four-fault score, giving Torano the win. Millar's time of 50.765 seconds left him in fourth place.
McKayla Langmeier had the fastest time in the jump-off, finishing in 38.724 seconds on Laney, but a rail down at the last fence cost her four faults and left her in second place. Third place went to Catherine Tyree who finished with four faults in 42.004 seconds on Bokai and fifth went to Lauren Fischer who had eight faults and a time of 47.225 on Royal De Licques.
The I Love New York Horse Show Begins July 3
Following an off day on Monday, the I Love New York Horse Show begins, running July 3 to 8. Highlights include the $100,000 Great American Insurance Group Grand Prix on Saturday, July 7 and the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Presented by Eastern Hay & Purina Animal Nutrition on Sunday, July 8.
Returning on Saturday, July 7 for its 25th year is the horse show's annual Doggie Costume Contest, sponsored by the Lake Placid Lodge. Everyone with a leashed dog in costume is admitted to the horse show free of charge and invited to participate in the contest which is also free. The competition takes place at noon near The Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix Field. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. Prizes are awarded for the best costumes and all contest participants receive free doggie treats.
The two Lake Placid Horse Shows offer over $535,000 in prize money and feature the nation's best horses and riders competing in four show rings. The horse shows offers more than 100 classes of competition each week for all levels of competition ranging from young children on ponies to grand prix and Olympic competitors. Each show is USEF 'AA' rated for hunters and 6* rated for Jumpers.
Admission to the horse show is just $2 on weekdays and $5 on weekends. Children under the age of 12 are admitted free. Discounts are available for groups of 20 or more. For a behind the scenes look at the horse show, guided walking tours are offered on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 11:30 a.m. The tour groups meet at the horse show retail booth, and the tours, costing just $1, last approximately one hour.
All Lake Placid Horse Show action can be seen live on the Lake Placid Horse Show website at www.lakeplacidhorseshow.com. The webcasts, sponsored by ShowNet, include all four rings. The Grand Prix webcasts are presented by Marshall & Sterling.
Additional information on the Lake Placid Horse Shows is available by calling the Lake Placid Horse Show Association at 518-523-9625 or visit online at www.lakeplacidhorseshow.com.
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